Monday, April 15, 2013

What Would Mr. Rogers Say About The Boston Bombings?

Right below "What does Jesus say?" in my mind is "What would Mr. Rogers say?"  I love Mr. Rogers to this day.  His kindness, his love.  His gentle way of explaining and comforting.

I found this quote today and wanted to share it, and then ask a question and get some feedback.  I could use the advice.

"If you grew up with our Neighborhood, you may remember how we sometimes talked about difficult things. There were days ... even beautiful days ... that weren't happy. In fact, there were some that were really sad.

Well, we've had a lot of days like that in our whole world. We've seen what some people do when they don't know anything else to do with their anger.

I'm convinced that when we help our children find healthy ways of dealing with their feelings--ways that don't hurt them or anyone else--we're helping to make our world a safer, better place.

I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are.

And what's more, I'm so grateful to you for helping the children in your life to know that you'll do everything you can to keep them safe and to help them express their feelings in ways that will bring healing in many different neighborhoods."

So here is my question: how do you teach your kids to handle and express their anger in the right way?  This is something I have yet to master.

And a last thought: hold your little ones tight.  Tell them you love them.  Include them in your prayers for those affected by the bombs in Boston, and for those still working to protect us.

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